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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 362
Gots: 541 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010

A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass.
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Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting, very enjoyable beer. Aggressively strong, uncountable flavors, and lots of alcohol, it's an experience. The beer itself is black...what little head there is shows as a faint chocolate milk ring. The aroma is boozy (like a strong port), with chocolate, plum, molasses, and sugar. Loads of malt...not much of a hop aroma. It's a bomb of fruity esters, alcohols, melanoidins, and sugars. Wow. The taste is not as sweet as expected....a solid keel of bitterness keeps the beer on balance. Alcohol helps too. Very warming...whew. Full in body, but a bit more carbonated that necessary. It's a little disjointed...a hodgepodge of flavors (all intense) that come together in different ways.

Photo of bdkucharski
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JoeBloe
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is fantastic! -
12.7 oz. bottle poured into my favorite tulip glass (Ephemere)
poured thick and viscous and put up a 1/2-finger of head -
the darkest mahogany brown - when held up to light you can see the color come through around the edges -
smells like all the good stuff ! -
taste is amazing at the moment - the dried fruits, the chocolate, the booze - caramel - vanilla/chocolate - wow!
fizzy on the front end with a slick hot mouthfeel -
nice lingering aftertaste -
leaves a little sediment in the bottom of the glass -
I want more!

Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on-tap, just like Angel's Share, so much better paying $6 for a snifter than $18 for a possibly flat 375ml...

Pours just about black, some red highlights. Tan head starts at about a finger and retains decently for a while, eventually becoming a thin ring, pretty good for the ABV though.

Awesome, decadent smell...rich chocolate cake smothered in raspberry sauce and bourbon, a bit boozy but not a bother, great strength as well.

Taste is of similar greatness -- lots of delicious, fudgy chocolate brownie, caramel malts, dark fruits (jammy in a way), bourbon, oak, some vanilla. Much boozier than the scent unfortunately which drags it down a bit. Somehow well-balanced, but huge.

Mouthfeel is certainly hot, but the balance, smoothness and carbonation are well-done.

Somehow this blend of stout, strong ale, bourbon barrel and brandy barrel turns into an excellent concoction, the flavors from each entity are there and huge. The booze makes this a slow sipper for sure, I'm sure it would benefit from some aging.

Photo of kennylopez
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a mini snifter shared with a good buddy who doesn't regularly buy quality beer.

Appearance: a black brew with a thin off white head that leaves little lacing and very little carbonation.

Smells: a strong bourbon nose with a roasted coffee and toffee blend. there aren't much noticeable hops in the nose, but it smells sweeter from the brandy.

Tastes: as the nose insists. there is a big barrel flavor layering this ale with toffee, vanilla, and some leather like tobacco in the finish. this one has a bread like malt with bitter chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: for 12.5% this is a big beer with a mellowed smooth burn. there is subtle fizzle from the little carbonation and has a sweet brandy aftertaste.

Overall: I really enjoyed this ale. At $16 something I can't afford to make this a everyday drinker, but for an occasion or just to treat for myself, this is a must have in the cellar. I got three and now that I tried one fresh, I am curious to see what some time does and I will surly pick up some more before I can't find it anymore.

Photo of JohnTerrizzi
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark black with caramel colored head. head dissipates rapidly. some good lacing.

Smell: complex smell. starts like a red wine. strong alcohol and whiskey aroma with sweet sugary notes.

Taste: very boozy and warming. whiskey with notes of buttery caramely brandy. bourbon flavor overwhelms the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: full bodied not much carbonation.

Overall: very boozy dark beer. great sipping beer filled with bourbony goodness.

Photo of JustHarmless
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cage and cork bottle into a chalice glass

A- Deep mahogany color with almost no head

A- Bourbon, brandy, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, tobacco

T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the brandy and bourbon front and center, dark fruits like raisins, oak, sweet roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa

M- Full bodied, incredibly complex but wonderfully well balanced. Alcohol is present, but no alcohol burn.

O- This is one amazing beer. Bourbony and boozy, sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. How this beer achieves so much balance is a true achievement. I want more! A true beergasm!

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a bunch of different times, on draft and out of the bottle. Figured I might as well finally review this while it's current on-tap at my house. Poured from the kegerator into a Bruery tulip. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin film on top, spotty lace, thick collar.

S - Big chocolate, both milk and dark, booze, vanilla, brownies, and oak. Still pretty boozy, even after a year and and half worth of age, but it's definitely smoothed out since it was fresh. Very sweet, reminds me of a rich dessert.

T - Chocolate syrup on top of chocolate brownies with a small side of bourbon. There's a touch of oak and vanilla in there as well. The alcohol bite makes the finish bitter and boozy, yet still remaining somewhat sweet.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish. Even after almost two years, this one is still quite boozy. That said, it's really smoothed out since I had it fresh, and it's definitely more enjoyable now then ever. I think another year will do this some more good...might be perfect by then!

Photo of YankChef
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 2012 release, poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark mahogany brown, opaque, with a finger of tan color creamy head. Minimal head retention as it dissipated to a thin film, with a few spots of lacing. A few bubbles of carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet chocolate, leather, tobacco, dark caramel, coffee, with some earthy, nutty, and woody aromas. Even cool on the initial pour, there was a nice balanced aroma to the beer, though a bit of the alcohol heat came through as the beer warmed.

Taste follows the nose, sweet chocolate and the leather and tobacco upfront, with some bitter coffee and burnt caramel flavors following. Earthy barrel flavors come through mid tongue, with some sweeter vanilla notes. Lingering sweet chocolate and bourbon flavors on the tongue.

Full body with minimal carbonation, maybe a bubble of carbonation pricking the tongue here and there. Not too syrupy though, mainly creamy and slightly chewy. A bit of alcohol warmth on the back of the throat, but still very drinkable for big beer. I'm not a big fan of the brandy Angel's Share, but this blend with a bourbon barrel aged Serpent's Stout was enjoyable.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Swervine44
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown body with mahogany hues. A thin, bubbly cap rose about a finger then subsided quickly. Some small traces around the edge of the glass.

Dominant brandy/bourbon from the two beers. The rest of the aromas are faint and minor players: cocoa, raisins/figs, plums, vanilla, oak, and a touch of coffee. You can definitely pick up on each beer's contributions to the blend.

A bit more straightforward here. Brandy/bourbon dominating with some dark fruits and cocoa powder. The Serpent Stout actually lightens the body, creating a less syrupy feel than the Angel's Share. Raisins/figs, vanilla and oak round out the profile, but in small doses.

Medium feel, some lingering roast and a dryness from the oak.

The serpent stout does a good job of taking the edge off of the Angel's Share, but in my opinion, that is what is so good about the Angel's Share. This is a nice blend, but I would much rather have each of these beers by themselves, or less Serpent Stout in the mix.

Photo of hattingc
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Jimmys
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty much opaque dark brown hue. head is pretty much brown and leaves a healthy rim. lacing is minimal.

S: raisins. bourbon. oak. vanilla. a little bit of heat. tobacco. brandy too. two beers packed with flavor blended equals even more complexity in the nose.

T: super dark fruit. vinous and slightly tart. tons of chewy flavors. roasted, on the verge of smokey, grain. chocolate. bourbon. the alcohol is definitely there, but not burning. finish lingers some sweet liquor blend of brandy and bourbon.

M: the mouth is super thick and cloying. full bodied for sure.

D: overall, quite the sipper. big range of aroma and flavor. not sure if i can totally justify the price tag on this sucker ($15 for a 12.7 oz. bottle) but i was very excited to see lost abbey bottles in NJ.

Photo of nasa258e
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of johnbjaeger
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a moderate beige head that fairly quickly but still remained as a ring in the tulip.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brandy, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, brandy, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, faint vanilla, and oak. The finish is fairly dry with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but for me the bourbon and brandy dominate. Very pricey.

Photo of duels
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this bad boy with a buddy.

Poured from a cork and caged 12.7 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Pours a very dark mahogany color that is almost black. There is an inch of quick dissipating head that is tan in color. Fast fading spots of lacing.

The nose is preparing me for a brandy/bourbon overload. This one smells like a freshly cracked bottle of spirits. I first notice the brandy but as i quaff deeper into the brew find the bourbon notes including toasted coconut, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel. The is a hefty boozy note that is expected for such a brew.

The taste is sweet and buttery with notes of vanilla and butterscotch mainly. There is a bit of oak and firm tannins that is noticed right before the boozy sting commences. There is some coconut and cocoa noticed within the blend of awesomeness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thick with a bit too much carbonation that could be toned down a bit. This carbonation brings a tingling feeling to my palate that is a bit unusual for a beer of this caliber.

Overall, this is a damn fine brew that works quite well with the blend. Boozy notes are present but do not detract from the taste of bourbony/brandy goodness.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CurtisLoew
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.